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Are you or someone you know getting the most out of your thyroid medication?well at the end of this video I promise you, you’re gonna know everything you need to knowfirst a few facts about hypothyroidism which basically means low thyroid levels it’s quite commonit affects 1 in 70 women and 1 in 1,000 men in the UKsymptoms include fatigue, weight gain, sensitivity to the cold and many moreso to restore thyroid levels in our body levothyroxine and similar medicines are prescribedand here’s how to take it for best resultslots of patients ask me thisand there’s actually quite a lot of conflicting advice onlineso as long as you haven’t been directed differently by a prescriber then here’s what I recommendtip 1 if you don’t take any medication first thing in the morning take it as soon as you wake upideally 30 to 60 minutes before breakfast or any caffeinated drinks and this is my favourite mugand here’s a fun fact for everyone pharmacists love these kind of factsso if there’s any watching I hope you enjoy itso some studies show that food reduces the absorption of levothyroxine by up to 20%so that’s why we say take it on an empty stomach and that’s the fact I hope you enjoyed ittip 2 thyroid medication isn’t usually taken at night because some people find it difficult to fall asleepnow it’s probably due to the relationship between the adrenal hormone cortisoland the hypothalamus pituitary axis which regulates all hormones in our bodyand that includes thyroid stimulating hormonetip 3 avoid taking your thyroid medication at the same time as yourcalcium supplements, iron supplements and antacids as these will also reduce its absorptionbut fear not you can still take these medicinesbut wait at least 4 hours after taking your thyroxine before you take themI’ve also left a link in the description below with all the
medicines that interact with levothyroxineso feel free to click on ittip 4 soya isn’t on that list but it can stop levothyroxine from working properlyso if you do eat it regularly or take any soya supplements it’s worth letting your doctor knowso they can do extra blood testskelp isn’t on that list either but trust me it is a good list for medication interactionskelp contains iodine which can make an under-active thyroid worse so avoid eating itif you’re taking levothyroxinetip number 6 always let your pharmacist know that you taking levothyroxineespecially when you’re starting a new medicine or you’re buying something over the counterbecause they can then check if there’s any interactionif you have any friends or family who take thyroid medicationhelp them get the most out of their medicines by teaching them what you’ve learnt todayor if that takes too long just like, share and tag them inhey guys thanks for watching this week’s
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up to date with new weekly videosyou’re going to know everything you need to knowI hope you don’t mind you might be in the video ok with that?no come in its fine it doesn’t matter if you walk pastsensitivity to the cold. . . . . . . . if you can see himhe’s got good muscles he works them out quite frequently but still not as good as my muscles

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